LMC extends FQAS liaison 
service to marts

THE LMC has announced that it is extending its farm liaison service to marts from 28th November 2012.

LMC’s farm liaison officer, Terry White, will run Farm Quality Assurance Scheme (FQAS) mart clinics at a range of Livestock Marts across Northern Ireland. Terry will be present to assist members of FQAS with non-conformances, general scheme queries and any issues prior to or following an inspection.

Any farmers who wish to join the scheme can also do so through their local FQAS mart clinic. Terry will be available at the livestock marts listed below on the following dates:

Kilrea Wednesday 28 November, Ballymena Friday 30th November, Markethill Tuesday 4th December, Saintfield, Wednesday 5th December, Enniskillen Thursday 6th December, Omagh Monday 10th December.

The LMC owns and manages FQAS on behalf of the beef and sheep meat industry and provides a dedicated liaison service to both new applicants and existing FQAS members.

The mart clinics are in addition to the daily FQAS helpline that LMC currently provides. The helpline is available to any producers needing assistance with scheme queries or non-conformances. Some farmers can find a number of the scheme requirements such as the completion of records daunting, the liaison service is in place to assist farmers and ensure that as many producers as possible can continue to benefit from being a member of the scheme.

Members can also order any of the following documents needed to ensure compliance with the scheme such as: feed record books, veterinary medicine records, standards and application packs etc.

The helpline is available Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm on 028 9263 3024 or mobile 07734 282271.